Eloge De L'amour
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Eloge De L'amour

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En développant des exemples tirés de la littérature ou du théâtre, A. Badiou fait l'éloge de l'amour. Celui-ci serait menacé soit par une conception libérale (mariage arrangé par exemple), soit par une négation de l'amour au profit du seul plaisir égoïste. Mais, selon lui, l'amour est une véritable expérience métaphysique de l'éternel, un risque qu'il faut savoir prendre.
Broché, 90 pages
Published 2009 by Flammarion
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Ian [Paganus de] Graye
What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Let me confess straight away: I am in thrall to Alain Badiou, a French philosopher who was born in 1937 and therefore in 2013 is 76.

I make no pretence to objectivity in this review.

I share his interests, love and politics, culture and philosophy, and his analysis accords with my predisposition.

What has he done? He’s defined a worldview with which I wholeheartedly agree in 104 pages of passionate, pristine prose.

Reading it has been the most amazing and life-changing...more
ماهر الرحمن

فى 2008 قال ويل سميث عن شخصية فيلمه الجديد(هانكوك): هانكوك، ليس بطلك الخارق المعتاد، إنه يستيقظ كل يوم غاضباً من العالم، وهو لا يتذكر ما حدث له، ولا يوجد أحد ليساعده للوصول لإجابات.http://nypost.com/2008/06/29/stuporman/
فى أحد المشاهد المؤثرة (الفيلم كله ملوش لازمة باستثناء المشهد ده) يقول : أى وغد كنت حتى لا يسأل على أحد طوال الفترة التى هى عمرى؟. وبالرغم من وجود الصخب فى حياتنا دائما والعديد من الأشخاص، إلا أننا،مع ذلك، نشعر أنه لا أحد.
وأحيانا يضطر بعض الناس بسبب اليأس من ظهور هذا "الأحد" إلى...more
Troy
I was upstate hiding in a barn with my dying cat (she has a massive oozing tumor on her tummy). I was nursing a broken heart and dealing with a massively horrendous year. I don't believe I have ever been as cynical or as hateful. I hated the concept of love; hated the fact that I was in love; hated the idea that I couldn't be a robot or an automaton.

I don't drive, so every week a friend would drive by to pick me up to buy the week's groceries, use their land line, check my email, and to take a...more
David
Weirdly, this might be a great place to start with Badiou. More weirdly, it isn't even available in the US. It's a slight little thing, but packed with insights and beautiful meditations on the challenges of love. Awesome.
Lukáš
Badiou is the Barbara Cartland of philosophy.
Geof Huth
Alain Badiou answers, in conversation, questions posed to him by Nicolas Truong, which he then translates into a book about love, and its essential nature and its transformative effects in human life. The main focus here is on the concept of romantic love, and Badiou argues against the "sceptics" who believe that love does not exist and is only a socially acceptable replacement for inexorable sexual desire. Badiou argues finally that love is a quest for truth, the truth that two people can be se...more
Alexandra
This short book compensates what it lacks in volume, with it's many contradictions.
If Badiou developed some of the concepts he mentions in 'In Praise of Love' , in a more detailed book that would be useful.

He refers to Christianity as a religion of love, or one that clings to the notion of love and then is used as channel to redirect love towards the church / religious institution, 'a propaganda tool.'

In what context is he then referring to Christianity as a religion of love?

He states that a ro...more
Amber
I like his ideas, though I wish he had gone into more depth as to why struggle in love was necessary. Or at least been more descriptive of what "struggle" means in the context of love. Unclear whether he meant day-to-day nuisances and maintenance or whether he has some unhealthy ideas about only disfunctional, fire-y loves having real passion.

Mjaballah
Alain Badiou is an amazing philosopher and a prolific writer. This book, however, is not written by him, it is a documented conversation with Nicolas Truong. A conversation that was largely dictated by Truong's questions. Given that Badiou is answering these question, which are at times directly related to love and at others faintly so, the book flows in and out of the topics of love, history, politics, art, religion ... to mention a few, something you can not blame Badiou for, but rather his in...more
Stella K
Read it in one go, of course. Last night -to be precise. It was an unforgettable night. The pleasures of reading about the philosophical ideas of love last longer than the pleasures of the physical expression of love, but the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

I agree with Badiou's insistence on love as a higher ideal, more than with Lacan's rational theory of love as a particle of our existence.

Badiou suggests that love 'becomes' and he arrives to this conclusion by giving gravity to th...more
Frank Jude
Wow! I've been meaning to read Badiou for some time; a bit intimidated by those I know who have read and studied him. This book seemed to my mind a good introduction. I'm a bit hooked now! In just 104 pages, this little book which is simply an edited transcription of Badiou in response to questions asked by Nicolas Truong, takes the reader through an inquiry into what Rimbaud called for: a reinvention of love.

The word "love" is in deep need of recuperation as it has become so debased in our capi...more
Hans de Zwart
This book, an edited conversation between two thinkers, has some deep thinking about the meaning of love. Badiou writes: "Love isn’t simply about two people meeting and their inward-looking relationship: it is a construction, a life that is being made, no longer from the perspective of One but from the perspective of Two." or "I pointed out how love begins with the wholly contingent, random character of the encounter. These really are games of love and chance. And they are unavoidable. They alwa...more
Clare
A really interesting philosophical reflection, making the point that most literature about romantic love is about the event - something that only has a short duration - an eternal moment. It is never about the difficulty of sustaining that love through time in the world. The assumption with the former is that the moment links to eternity and that is enough in its pure perfection. So everybody dies, or it is over etc. It can't survive the ravages of time. Badiou argues for a practice of love whic...more
Chris
One of Badiou's more public books. As Badiou elaborates, philosophy is conditioned by truths: political, scientific, artistic, and the subject of this book, amorous truths. Here Badiou affirms that genuine love exists as the experience of the world by the Two in the aftermath of a chance encounter worked out in acts of fidelity. Remarkable commentary on other thinkers such as Lacan take place in this book. Badiou also manages to put some of his more daunting concepts into immediately accessible...more
Ian Ryan
I was in the library in college after a lecture and decided to look into a book referenced on a YouTube channel I'm subscribed to, but after finding out the book wasn't stocked, I decided to head up and grab one by the same author--I wasn't going to do much else anyway. Hence, I picked up this small little gem from its hiding place on the shelves.

An exceptionally small book, Alan Badiou's "In Praise of Love" is, in fact, not actually written by him; instead, it is a transcript pf a conversationh...more
Tina
Voljeti znači upustiti se u koštac, povrh svake samoće, sa svime u svijetu što može udahnuti život našem postojanju. U tom svijetu izravno vidim izvor sreće koju mi pruža bivanje s drugim. "Volim te" postaje: u svijetu se nalazi izvor mog postojanja, a to si ti. U vodi tog izvora vidim našu radost, ponajprije tvoju. Vidim, kao u Mallarmeovoj pjesmi:
U valu ti postala si
Čisti ushit svoj.
Kate Woods Walker
This meditation on love--merely romantic love, no other type--contains a Marxist's defense of Christianity and other unexpected thoughts.

French philosopher and political thinker Alain Badiou offers up his three-part definition of love, one which I will take to my philosophy discussion group later this month. I am as yet unconvinced that fidelity means unending love, and I look forward to the resulting discussion of the ideas in this challenging little volume.
Michelle
Though I am admittedly obsessed with love and its meaning in life, I found this book particularly fascinating for its connection between love and politics. There are often moments of pure poetry in Badiou's speech, which is not to be unexpected. His passionate observations and analyses of love makes your heart bloom with the possibilities out there in the world, makes your mind want to wrestle with the higher meaning of life.
Stacie
I loved this book so much, I am seriously considering buying it for a few friends because of how strongly Badiou's message resonated with me - I feel compelled to share it. Note: author seems to identify as a communist and ties that into his philosophy. While I found that exciting (although somewhat tangential), I know it's not everyone's cup of tea.
Jamie
I really enjoyed the first few chapters (5 stars), but found the last few not especially interesting (2-3 stars). Very short, so perhaps best reading at the bookstore.
Nindyo Sasongko
"Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death." Wow!
Rod Dubey
A disappointing book. This is a very narrow and conservative view of love.
Michael Palkowski
Derrida somewhat infamously said that he had nothing to say about love. After being asked to explore love as a general concept, he asks the interviewer to pose a question saying that he is incapable of merely discussing the "generalities of love". Badiou seeks to do exactly what Derrida was incapable of doing by focusing on the concept and exploring its meaning(s).

Badiou begins by outlining his four conditions of philosophy:

1)- Savant
2)- Artist
3)- Activist
4)- Lover

Showing the centrality that lo...more
Khalil James
Alain Badiou proves himself to be a hopeful romantic in this short conversation. I can't help but wonder if this a natural result of trying to find meaning in life through atheist lenses, aided of course by Badiou's affinity towards the arts. In this book Nicolas Truong intelligently draws Badiou's thoughts on love through an interview-like sequence. The concepts expressed are both though-provoking and entertaining. I like the part where Badiou likens the two worlds of romance and political stru...more
Niel
This eulogy to love by Alain Badiou is a powerful statement on what Badiou sees as the importance of love, as well as being a great little introduction to his theory of truth. Badiou's system is dense and difficult to get into, even for those with a philosophical background, but central to it is his concept of truth. Badiou claims there are four fields in which truths emerge, politics, science, art, and love, and what we have here is a defence of love, love seen as the union of two people who bo...more
Shauna
A thoroughly thought-provoking work, courageous in his honesty about what 'love' is, in all its guises: physical, political, psychological and all the nuances with regards the relationship love has to art, politics and literature and indeed, how it is expressed. I particularly like the notion that "Art is very closely linked to love since the latter is basically the moment when an event breaks through existence." And also: "When the logic of identity wins the day, love is under threat...the iden...more
Amandine
Très intéressant. Cet "essai" se déroule sous forme d'une interview d'Alain Badiou menée par Nicolas Truong. Le livre se structure en 6 grandes parties, mais les idées principales passent de l'une à l'autre et créent une certaine cohérence. L'auteur y expose sa philosophie de l'amour et explique pourquoi selon lui, comme le disait Rimbaud, "L'amour est à réinventer, on le sait". Il parle des conceptions actuelles de l'amour qu'il rejette, puis, progressivement, présente la sienne. Il le fait de...more
Mark
Its just a transcript of a short interview. Fascinating, but you wish there was more of it.
JulieT
This book - along with Erich Fromm's "The Art of Loving" - are on my permanent list on this topic. Badiou's ideas are presented in a really clear way, and was based on a conversation between him and one of his co-authors. He's especially good in providing a counterpoint to individualistic ideals that can be obstacles to our higher goals in relationships. I also really liked his view of committing to experiencing life from the perspective of another - in conjunction with our own - and his perspec...more
Dylan Groves
Super short, kind of interesting

Three takeaways:

1 - Modern love is made shitty by attempts to reduce its risk (online dating etc) and meaning (just about sex)

2 - Love should be understood as a construction, not an experience or an event.

3 - Attempts to combine politics and love are probably doomed - real politics is about defining an enemy.

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